Local Mission at Grace

Purpose

The Grace family lives on mission by reaching into the community as gospel messengers, faithfully speaking and modeling the Good News as we trust God to make and multiply Christ-followers for his glory.

In 2018, our focus is becoming better community members and neighbors--seeking to show the love of Christ as we serve the Santa Clarita Valley and beyond. We are confident that as we fulfill our role as good neighbors, friends, and servants, God will provide lots of opportunities to display and proclaim the hope of the Gospel. Below, you will find several opportunities to be invested in our community. These opportunities will lead you to come alongside Grace partners and do valuable work. But it is our hope that each outreach event would have impact beyond the event itself, leading our church to pursue relationships for the sake of the Gospel. 


Awana Lifeline

Through the Malachi Dads (Men) and Hannah’s Gift (Women) programs, volunteers have the chance to come alongside incarcerated individuals, sharing the hope of the Gospel with them. Through seeking to help moms and dads be reconciled to their kids, volunteers have a tremendous chance to talk about God as Father and gospel transformation as they seek to disciple these individuals.

 

Children’s Hunger Fund

CHF is a tremendous partner, connecting churches to hurting families, all over the world. CHF holds weekly volunteer opportunities, packing and preparing food boxes to be sent all over the world. You can find more info and register a group here: http://childrenshungerfund.org/volunteer/los-angeles/

 

Bridge to Home

Our local homeless shelter, Bridge to Home, has given us many ways to invest in the lives of the homeless in SCV. There are over 300 homeless people in SCV, and that number grows every year. Bridge to Home has ongoing needs for group service projects aimed at helping to remodel and maintain their facilities. Later this year, we will be asking ABFs and Grace Groups to provide a few weeks of meals, serving them to the clients and showing the love of Christ. Additionally, we are looking for individuals to serve as mentors and friends to the clients of Bridge to Home.

 

Fostering Youth Independance

This organization pairs one caring adult, or Ally, to come alongside a transition-aged foster child, or a kid aging out of the system without being adopted. Allies help prepare these young adults for life and college. They create a relationship with their student and coach them through the college application process and beyond. This interaction is a great platform to build relationships with students in our community that need guidance. More info can be found here:https://www.fyifosteryouth.org/change-a-life/

 

Union Rescue Mission/Hope Gardens

As one of the largest rescue missions in the world, Union Rescue Mission has a tremendous presence for the gospel on Skid Row and beyond. Just over the hill in Sylmar, Hope Gardens houses moms and children who are in program, being discipled and mentored to live off of the streets. Both of these locations have tremendous needs and offer lots of ways to serve together. As a church, we have been very involved at Hope Gardens and I would love to see many more groups from Grace get involved. For mentoring and discipleship opportunities there, please contact the Grace Baptist Church Outreach Department. For group projects, visit: https://urm.org/get-involved/volunteer/


Help us start something!

It’s our hope that we can start “community groups” this year that bring Grace individuals together in community involvement together. Start a running group, attend Crossfit together, join the Rotary, or volunteer at the Library. Lots of things that we do in natural life can be done together as we live on mission in our community for the Gospel. We would love to help you get something started that can help lead the Grace family to be visible and active in our community.

In each of these opportunities, we trust that through being good neighbors, faithful servants, and available families, God will give many natural opportunities for the Gospel!